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WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY

Do you ever wonder why we refer to this day as Good Friday when it is marked by so much suffering and pain? Jesus is what’s good about Good Friday. It is clear Jesus wasn’t taken by force. He gave himself intentionally. He showed us His love has no limits. It shows us...

Leprechauns, Beer, and a Lesson from St. Patrick

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. A day we celebrate the life of Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland by wearing green and pinching those who don’t. A day for parades and getting smashed. TIME magazine reported that St. Patrick’s Day has become the second most “drunk”...

Get Your Hopes Up

What comes to mind when I say the word, “HOPE”? Have you ever met a person that was downright delusional in what they wished for and yet they called it hope? Or are you inclined to be like my wife and I, who tend to be afraid of disappointment so can at times forbid...
Remembering 9/11 and the Cross

Remembering 9/11 and the Cross

It was sometime in September of 2001, Pastor Ron Lewis received a word from the Lord as he flew out over Manhattan with the smoldering ashes of what once were the twin towers still in view, “Out of...

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THANK YOU

THANK YOU

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 As I ponder...

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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

Jesus came to reveal the true nature of His Father in heaven. We must always fix our eyes upon Jesus that we can continue to be the light in the darkness that he left us here to be  Jesus’ word to...

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The Name Game

The Name Game

OK Bible nerds, let's play a quick round of Bible trivia. 4 questions, speed round: What’s the shortest verse in the Bible? Which one of the 12 disciples was not from Galilee? Which 2 men recorded...

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Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God

I want to start at the beginning when we were born. Although we don’t remember that moment we can all relate to how traumatic that must have been. So here we are in our mother’s womb: it was warm...

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LIGHT OF THE WORLD

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the...

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Coronavirus Close to Home

Coronavirus Close to Home

The impact of the coronavirus struck home for me at the end of February when my sister-in-law Charlene found out she had contracted COVID-19. She is a New Zealander in her 50s, temporarily teaching...

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Draft Day

Draft Day

“For many are called, but few are chosen."  Matthew 22:14 The NFL just completed the 2021 entry draft, the 85th of its kind. 259 young men were selected from around the country. Each player heard...

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Mind Games

Mind Games

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the...

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Best Dressed

Best Dressed

The way we dress is important because it is the first impression someone will have of us. Dressing with excellence is an art. An excellent dresser doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money, but it...

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The Strength of an Eagle

The Strength of an Eagle

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and...

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Keep Swinging

I recently heard the story of singer/songwriter Thad Cockrell. For years he had been trying to make it big in the industry, but could never seem to break through. After yet another underwhelming...

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When Your Older Brother is God

When Your Older Brother is God

Some statistics* on firstborn children: Firstborn children have slightly higher IQs (only about two points) than children in other birth order positions. Men who are born earlier in their family are...

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5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But...

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Living with Joy

Living with Joy

Joy is a choice. It’s a point of view. It’s a way of looking at things. If ever there was someone who is an example of this it is Joyce Isidor. Monday through Friday we have an early morning prayer...

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A Serpent and Santa

A Serpent and Santa

He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings...

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To Walk in Another’s Shoes

To Walk in Another’s Shoes

It is said, “To feel empathy, one must walk a mile in another’s shoes.” In the last six months, I have come to realize how unaware I have been to what it would be like to walk in another’s shoes. I...

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Fallen Hero

Fallen Hero

US Army Ranger Jeff Struecker, a part of ‘Operation Gothic Serpent’, was sent on a reconnaissance mission to rescue troops that had been shot down in enemy territory. The ensuing battle would be...

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